SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - KAZAKHSTAN
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHILDREN ADOPTED FROM KAZAKHSTAN
Before The Adoption
International adoption from Kazakhstan is similar to adoption from Russia: the children are either abandoned or removed from their homes and placed in orphanages. Not all children in the orphanages are eligible for adoption because some are placed there temporarily by their parents for a variety of reasons. The size of the orphanages varies and will have anywhere from 50-250 children at a time of different ages. The orphanages are generally good, many with doctors, music programs, and good caregiver ratios. Infants may be adopted as young as six months old.
Children from birth up to 3-4 years old are placed into the Baby Houses regardless of the reason for placement. Once the children are 4 years old, they are moved to a Preschool Orphanage for children age 4-7. The children age 7-16 live in an Orphanage, which is sometimes called a Children's Home.
Kazakhstan has been known for their care of their children and the children's good health. Because the caretaker to child ratio is very small, the children are incredibly well bonded. Attachment and bonding disorders are also less prevalent than in some other Eastern European countries. The dedication of the caregivers shows in the health and development of the children who are adopted.